2016 saw the release of the remastered version of a classic game from twenty-three years ago Lucasarts Day of the Tentacle (Maniac Mansion 2) (available for Windows, Mac and PS4/PSVita)
Day of the Tentacle is a point-and-click time-travel adventure game, very much in the mould of the “Monkey Island” games – similar humour, and puzzles which take the usual “take object to location to do something”, while interacting with a series of bizarre semi-historical characters including George Washington and Ben Franklin…
The core aim of the game is defeat the evil Purple Tentacle – a creature mutated by industrial waste and hell-bent on world domination (as usual), the animation, music and style are very reminiscent of “Scooby Doo” adventures, and you can even play with the original soundtrack and graphics (which look very blocky on modern HD screens!)
They even kept the “game within a game” easter egg – if you want to play the original Maniac Mansion game, it’s in there too… along with an all-new playalong Director’s commentary from the original creators.
It may be retro, but it harks back to a simpler time in gaming where puzzles ruled the roost rather than shooting and battles… for £12 it’s a fun way to pass a few hours exploring the way games used to be in the days before HD photo-realistic environments and vast open worlds were the way things
Watch the trailer here: